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Wedding Guest Dresses for a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings are beautiful and romantic, but the weather can make it tricky to find a dress that feels cozy but still makes you feel like yourself. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for winter wedding guest dresses that will keep you warm while still looking beautiful. Here's what to consider when shopping for your dress. Read more to find out!

When dressing for a winter wedding, consider the formality of the event, the season, and the weather.

A winter wedding is an event that brings together all of the closest friends, family members, and loved ones. But with so many people in one place at one time (especially if you're attending a destination wedding), it's important to make sure everyone feels comfortable and looks great.

Be sure to dress appropriately for the season! In the winter, there's nothing worse than being cold or overheated during your time away from home. Consider layering pieces so that you can add or remove layers as needed throughout the day. If you're attending a formal event, take into account the formality of your outfit before putting on those high heels or strappy sandals: there may be snow on the ground outside, but that doesn't mean everyone will be going barefoot inside!

There are plenty of ways to stay warm while still looking chic: pashmina scarves are both trendy and functional, tights under dresses add warmth without sacrificing style, and boots keep feet dry while adding some height without making them look too clunky (think kitten heels instead!).

Let the weather dictate your style.

  • Winter weddings are typically held in the evening or on weekends. If you’re traveling to attend a wedding outside of your hometown, it’s important that your dress is appropriate for both the season and the time of day.
  • The time of year many brides choose to get married during December or January since they want to avoid spending their entire honeymoon indoors due to cold temperatures and snowfall. Although these months may have their perks, like fewer crowds! It also means you might find yourself freezing at an outdoor venue if you don't dress accordingly!
  • Look at the location and time on the invitation. If the wedding is taking place during daylight, you can wear brighter shades like yellows, oranges, and pinks. If it's nighttime, you can go with darker colors such as navy blue or burgundy red.

A wintry wedding calls for cozy layers to keep you warm.

If you're attending a winter wedding, you'll want to make sure that your dress is both festive and warm. Winter weddings call for more layers than their summer counterparts—you may be wearing boots and coats in the cold, so layering is key. Winter weddings tend to be more formal than those in the summertime, so this is also an ideal time to pull out your chicest furs and plush velvets. A wrap or shawl can really tie your look together, providing extra warmth without being too bulky.

You should also consider the time of day that your wedding will take place. If it's during the evening, you'll need to think about what type of dress will look best in low lighting. Bright colors can be emphasized, especially if they're adorned with rhinestones or other embellishments.

Long-sleeved dresses are beautiful for a winter wedding, as long as the fabric isn't too heavy.

Long sleeved dresses are beautiful for a winter wedding, as long as the fabric isn't too heavy. Look for fabrics that are thick but still breathable and don't weigh you down. You'll also want to find a dress that has enough stretch in it—so you can move around freely or even dance at the reception (without feeling constrained).

If you're not sure about your dress selection, ask yourself these questions: Can I sit down comfortably? Can I take steps without feeling like my legs are being squeezed? And lastly, am I warm enough? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you may want to rethink your dress selection.

If you're still unsure, try on a few different styles. Some guesses may feel comfortable in one style of dress but not another. Try on different types of wedding guest dresses to see which ones work best for your body type and personal taste.

Wear more subdued jewelry, in keeping with the more traditional nature of a winter wedding.

When it comes to jewelry, there are a few basic rules that will make you look like you belong at the wedding and leave people wondering how you got invited.

  • Don't wear anything too flashy or eye-catching. Your jewelry should complement your outfit and not steal the show from it. If people are looking at your jewelry instead of you, then it's too much!
  • Don't wear big pieces of jewelry that will get in the way or poke someone if they accidentally bump into them, especially if they're tall. Nothing ruins a wedding faster than getting poked by an earring or having someone step on one of your toes while dancing because they tripped over something on your neckline!
  • And finally, don't wear anything heavy around your neckline (like a pendant) unless its purpose is functional rather than decorative: Maybe as part of a necklace that helps keep other things off their shoulders?

The best winter wedding dresses are ones that still make you feel like yourself.

If you're a bride, as you shop for your winter wedding dress, the best advice is to make sure it still makes you feel like yourself. The last thing you want is to spend a ton of money on an outfit that isn't even your style. If a dress makes your heart sing as soon as you see it and makes you feel like an ice princess on the most beautiful day of your life, that’s probably the one for you!


As you can see, winter wedding guest dresses are an opportunity to be creative — and even daring. With the right outfit, you can create a look that is both unique to you and appropriate for the type of wedding festivities planned for that day. Remember! It’s your favorite wedding guest dress, so be sure to make it work for you!